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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.43 / 5 (430 votes)

Prep time:
25 min
Cook time:
15 min

For a fabulous take on fast food, Rachel Allen tucks meaty and moreish home made burgers inside toasted ciabatta.

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1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, and add the onion. Fry over a gentle heat until the onion is soft and very pale golden. Leave to cool.

2. Mix the mince with the herbs and egg, and then season with salt and pepper. Add the onions, and mix.

3. Fry a tiny bit of the mixture in the frying pan to check for seasoning, and then shape into hamburgers. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the burgers for several minutes on each side.

4. Split the ciabatta horizontally, and toast under the grill. Fill the toasted ciabatta with lettuce, the mayonnaise and some cucumber pickle.Pop the hot cooked burger inside, and serve immediately.


  • 10 g butter
  • 75 g onions, finely chopped
  • 450 g minced beef, or minced lamb
  • 1/2 tsp thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 eggs, beaten
  • pinch fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, for frying

To serve

Tips and suggestions

Cucumber Pickle

The burgers are delicious with some chopped chilli and coriander instead of the parsley and thyme; or try adding some cayenne pepper, ground cumin and coriander to burgers using minced lamb. These spicy burgers are great served with a tablesppon of yoghurt or sweet chilli sauce. Instead you could add one tablespoon of chilli sauce and one chopped fresh chilli into the raw burger mixture instead of herbs.

Do make sure the meat has a little of fat in it, or the burgers will be very dry when cooked.

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Latest Comment


First time that I've made my own burgers and I was nicely surprised! Very tasty.... and I ordered all the ingredients using the mySupermarket button which made it very convenient as well

RachelC46310 RachelC46310  Posted 11 Apr 2012 11:56 AM

I love home-made burgers-
Try adding cumin.

ElenaT96562 ElenaT96562  Posted 26 Feb 2011 6:18 PM

If you are looking to reduce the fat content, I would suggest spray oil instead of butter and low fat mince together with some minced chicken.

DaneD18144 DaneD18144  Posted 23 Oct 2010 7:44 AM

Has anyone noticed the picture above the burger is only half cooked?

AlexB86007 AlexB86007 Posted 05 Jan 2010 6:15 PM

I always use a handful of porridge oats to the mixture.. which makes it go further and you do not taste them

A Jeanie A Jeanie Posted 26 Jun 2009 6:00 PM

Do you use sweet chilli or just normal chilli sauce in the burger?

Fati 1 Fati 1 Posted 10 Apr 2009 1:33 PM

Tried it with the Chilli and the family loved them

AJK1 AJK1 Posted 16 Apr 2008 10:32 PM